Make Tzatziki

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Have you heard of Tzatziki?

Tzatziki is a thick yogurt and cucumber dip that works with range of dishes. It’s cooling and lovely and surprisingly easy to make.

Tzatziki has been on my foodie bucket list for a long time. I put it on there because The Koala was obsessed with Delisio Greek Tzatziki flavoured chips. He’s since moved on but the Tzatziki remained on my list. Had I known how easy and versatile it was to make, I probably wouldn’t have waited all these years.

Below is a recipe for Tzatziki and a bonus 2 recipes that complement it.

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Tzatziki

Recipe adapted from Nici Wicke’s recipe here.

Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt*
  • 1 cup grated cucumber, squeezed of excess liquid
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Preparation

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  2. Chill prior to use and stir before serving.
  3. Use as a dipping sauce, a side or spoon on top of meat or fish.

*Greek yogurt is strained plain yogurt. You can strain it yourself if you do not have access to Greek yogurt. 

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This next recipe is very basic and can easily be double or tripled for more people or larger appetites. I used potatoes and carrots because they’re cheap and happened to be all we had, but you could use pumpkin, kumara (sweet potato) or parsnips.

For this recipe, you’ll need a clean plastic bag, make sure it doesn’t have any holes in it by filling it with air and twisting the end shut. If it doesn’t trap air tightly, find another bag.

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Chunky Turmeric Vege Chips

Serves 2 as a side dish

Ingredients

  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 stem of rosemary
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel vegetables and cut into fat chips or wedges. Try and keep the thickness of the chips as even as possible so they cook evenly. Strip the rosemary and discard the stem.
  3. Place vegetables into the plastic bag with the rosemary leaves, turmeric, olive oil and salt and pepper. Twist close the opening and give the bag a good shake, distributing the seasonings through the bag.
  4. Empty bag onto a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, turning once.
  5. Serve with a large dollop of tzatziki or sour cream.

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I buy rump steak because it’s economical and tender enough to cook quickly and eat as steak. Please note that in North America, this cut comes from the same area as where you might find “Sirloin”, “Tenderloin”, “Top Sirloin”, or “Bottom Sirloin”. Aged properly, rump is tender and full of flavour.

Steak & Vege Skewers

Makes 8 skewers

Ingredients

  • A couple of steaks (about 400 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 medium red capsicum
  • 1 medium red onion

Preparation

  1. Soak bamboo skewers in water while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Cut steak into 1 inch cubes, put into a bowl and lemon juice, oregano and garlic powder. Mix and set aside.
  3. Wash the capsicum, cut in half, remove and discard the stem and seeds. Cut in to bite sized pieces.
  4. Peel onion and cut into bite sized pieces.
  5. Thread steak, capsicum and onion onto the skewers, alternating however you wish.
  6. Heat oil in a heavy pan or barbecue grill.
  7. Cook skewers for 10-15 minutes, rotating to ensure even cooking.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and serve on a platter with lemon wedges and tzatziki.

 

 

our-growing-edge-badgeThis post is part of Our Growing Edge, a monthly blogging event to encourage us to try new food related things. Eva from Kitchen Inspirations is the host for this month’s event. If you have a blog and you are eating or cooking something new this month, click below to join.

 

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17 thoughts on “Make Tzatziki

  1. I love tzatziki! Your recipe is spot on! If you want to change it up add 1 tablespoon chopped dill in addition to the mint and add cumin to taste. The cumin gives it a “je ne sais quoi” quality. :D

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